Big Ten regular season play officially wrapped up on Sunday evening with Maryland's trip to Nebraska. With the Terps pulling off the road win over the Cornhuskers, the Big Ten standings finalized and the field was set for the 2015 Big Ten Tournament in the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Though many of the seeds were locked up earlier in the week, there were some significant changes over the last few days and several key tiebreakers that sorted out the field. As a result, there are some interesting matchups that should not only impact the conference, but potential NCAA, NIT, and CBI bids.
Here is the 2015 Big Ten Tournament bracket.
2015 B1G Tournament Bracket:
The key thing to watch for Big Ten fans in Chicago will be the 8 teams with the potential to make the NCAA Tournament as at-large teams. These will be Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, and Wisconsin. Most speculate that Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin have locked up their NCAA bids, but Illinois, Indiana, and Purdue still have some work to do.
Outside of the potential NCAA bids, there are a few other interesting storylines to follow. The first will be the expansion to five days of the Big Ten Tournament with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers. This means that the #11 through #14 seeds will play on Wednesday. In these games, Rutgers will look to avoid a 15 game losing streak to end the season. Minnesota and Penn State will also look to fight for NIT bids.
The other notable storyline to follow will be whether any teams can make a potential upset run. Wisconsin is clearly the favorite to win in Chicago, but the other side of the bracket looks wide open. Northwestern and Ohio State look to be potential teams in the single-bye section of the bracket that could make a run.
Regardless, it should be a great weekend of play in Chicago that should determine whether Wisconsin can move up to a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and whether the Big Ten can get a nation's best eight teams into the Big Dance.
BTP will have more B1G Tournament updates as the week continues so stay tuned.